Instead of in traditional photo albums, diaries, or journals, most of our memories are now recorded on social media. So what happens to our digitally-recorded memories when we die? Facebook, as still the most popular social media platform, gives its users two options: you can designate a “Legacy Contact” or request your account be permanently deleted after you pass away. A Legacy Contact is able to write a pinned post for your profile, such as one to share a final message on your behalf or provide information regarding services. You also have the option to allow your Legacy Contact to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Facebook.
Another popular site for our digital lives is Google, which allows users to select an “Inactive Account Manager.” You may choose how long you want Google to wait before notifying this person about your account inactivity. You can select up to ten people for Google to notify, and Google allows you to determine whether to allow these people to access your data. You can also tell Google you want your account deleted, but Google will allow a three-month window for your Inactive Account Managers to download data before doing so.
Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest require someone to contact their platforms on the deceased’s behalf and provide documentation showing proof of death before they will memorialize an account. While these platforms will not allow access to an account, they may remove the account upon an authorized person’s request.
If you are concerned about your digital assets or other aspects of the estate planning process, contact Rosenblatt Law Firm for help.